US measles outbreak raises questions about immunity in adults

by Noah Mcgee May 2, 2019, 0:29
US measles outbreak raises questions about immunity in adults

As of April 26, the CDC confirmed a grand total of 704 cases of measles since the beginning of 2019-a figure that marks the greatest number of cases reported in the USA since the elimination of measles in 2000.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says measles cases in the USA have hit a 25-year high, therefore it urges people to check their vaccination status.

"Certainly you know, this was a case from New Brunswick that was in one of our facilities, but if we start to see other cases that is significant and will require us to have ongoing follow-up", she explained.
"We want them fully protected", Dr. Wexler says. Sixty people have been hospitalized, and the case numbers continue to climb, although in some regions, like the Pacific Northwest, outbreaks have subsided.

In New York City - specifically Brooklyn and Queens - 390 cases have been confirmed, and officials say a lot of them have involved members of the Orthodox Jewish community. The serious virus, which was considered eliminated in the United States in 2000, is raising Good Questions.

In addition, actress Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia Brady on The Brady Bunch, recently criticized anti-vaxers for their use of a show clip in which Marcia proclaimed that "you sure can't beat the measles".

The national outbreak has escalated since 82 people in 2018 and more than 40 people in 2019 brought measles to the United States from other countries, most frequently Ukraine, Israel and the Philippines.

When the US was hit with a record-breaking 667 measles cases in 27 states in 2014, the majority of people who got sick were unvaccinated.

As the measles outbreak continues to surge in the United States and NY, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging young children and adults to make sure they are vaccinated.

As of April 26, there were 695 confirmed cases in the U.S.

Measles spreads through droplets in the air, which can linger for up to two hours after someone with the virus coughs or sneezes.

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She suggested that Nova Scotia may not have seen the same level of outbreak as other places in Canada first, because as far as local doctors know, most people in the province are vaccinated, and second, because the Maritimes don't experience as much domestic and worldwide travel.

Sen. Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen, said she will request a hearing on the vaccine legislation in May or June. Making matter more hard, symptoms don't usually show up for a week or two after exposure meaning it can be spread by people who've been infected but don't know they have the measles and may assume it's a cold or other illness. In a statement Monday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said: "We have come a long way in fighting infectious diseases in America, but we risk backsliding and seeing our families, neighbors, and communities needlessly suffer from preventable diseases".

One of the more popular theories in these groups is that vaccines have been linked to cases of autism - a claim based on a since-retracted study that turned out to be a complete farce.

"If for any reason you have never had a dose of MMR vaccine now is the time to get one".

All vaccine costs will be billed to insurance.

Nearly 97% of Pennsylvania kindergartners in public and private schools had two doses of the MMR vaccine during the 2017-18 school year.

"What we're saying is that the board of health's response, including the criminal penalties that they've now removed, and the shall-be vaccinated part of it overriding religious exemptions is unnecessary and undermines constitutional rights of my clients".

Measles is so contagious that 90% of susceptible people exposed to an infected person will become infected, according to the CDC.

The CDC says after getting an MMR shot, it takes anywhere from two to three weeks for the vaccine to work. Had I not been vaccinated, I might have had a more severe disease. Anyone vaccinated between 1963 and 1989 would likely have received only one dose.

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